February 2011
In This Issue
Save the Date!
Kindergarten Registration
Candidate Forums
Indoor Air Quality
The Superintendent's Corner
Educator of the Year
District Recognition Awards
Academic Excellence
Our Mission 
We are continuous learners who are responsible, caring citizens in a global community.
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Save the Date!

District 95 Science Fair

Sponsored by the


 April 16th

Middle School South



For registration and more information, please see the Science Fair news item on the district website.


Open to all students in grades K-8


Mark Your Calendar!

Kindergarten Registration


February 17



Visit your child's 
elementary school to register.  To find out which school your child should attend, please call (847) 438-2834.

Candidate Forums

At the Consolidated election on April 5, 2011, the voters of Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 will elect three community members to serve 4 year terms from the four candidates who are standing for election.

The District PTO groups are sponsoring two forums so all members of the community can meet the candidates and hear their positions on issues and topics that affect our schools.
March 3, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Middle School North, Cafetorium
March 22, 2011
7:00 p.m. 
Middle School South, Cafeteria


Indoor Air Quality


First quarter building inspections are completed, in accordance with our IAQ Plan.  The Professional Development Center (PDC) and the Administration buildings have also been tested and IAQ meetings will be held this week for staff.

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Second quarter building inspections are underway.  Meetings will begin at the end of February or beginning of March. 

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If you would like to join an Indoor Air Quality Committee, please contact your building principal.

Questions or Concerns?
I'm All Ears!! 
 ...we will respond to your questions directly via email.  Topics of interest may also be discussed on the website or in a newsletter.
Newsworthy95 is an email publication sent to families of students in District 95 and other interested community members on the 15th of each month. 
The Superintendent's Corner
Dear Parents, Staff, & Community Members,

I would like to ask for your help in providing feedback on an important subject through two separate vehicles.

Last year the Ela Coalition against Youth Substance Abuse was formed.   The Coalition's purpose was to identify the community's concerns about the health and safety of Youth in the Ela Township/Lake Zurich area.  Community members representing the school district, the PTO's, parents, businesses, and faith based organizations met at the Village Hall.  The members of the Coalition are very motivated to make our community a safe haven for youth.  The members wanted to solicit feedback from the community on where to focus their efforts, yet did not want to sit back and do nothing while waiting for that feedback.  The Coalition partnered with District 95 to turn the District's Red Ribbon Week into a community wide event.  The students and employees of local businesses wore red ribbons and participated in community anti-drug events and projects the last week of October.  The Coalition put together a survey for the community and received over 700 responses.  In addition, the Coalition sponsored an awareness seminar on drugs with a presentation from the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG), a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force concentrating in illegal drugs, gangs and weapons offenses. On March 2, the Coalition is inviting the community to participate in a town hall meeting to discuss these three questions:

  • Is youth substance abuse an issue in our area?
  •  What are the results of a recent survey of parents?
  • How does this impact me?

Simultaneously, the Board of Education has been discussing and considering two programs to address substance abuse:  a Student Assistance Program Coordinator and drug testing.  The Assistance coordinator would be responsible for developing and implementing a substance abuse prevention program at both the high school and middle schools.  The focus of the programs would be on educating students on the dangers of substance abuse and promoting positive lifestyles and making healthy choices.  The drug testing would take place at the high school.  It has been proposed that students with privileges, those involved in sports, clubs, activities, as well as those who have parking privileges, would be subject to random testing.  There has been discussion of allowing parents of students who do not have privileges an option to have their students participate in the random testing.  The Board has also discussed the type of testing, urine or hair, to institute and whether or not members of our staff would be trained to conduct this testing.


The Board of Education will be seeking feedback from you on the subject of drug testing.  An electronic survey will be sent to you within the next several weeks.  Please take the time to respond.   It is the Board's desire to make an informed decision on whether or not to institute drug testing and they want to hear your opinion.



Dr. Michael J. Egan
Educator of the Year

The 2010 Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award has been presented to Steve Ellis, Math Teacher at Lake Zurich High School.  Steve has taught mathematics at Lake Zurich High School for the past 38 years.

During the past twenty-four years, Steve has taught AP Calculus classes.  He has prepared and guided over 800 students for one of the Advanced Placement Calculus exams.  Historically, he has had nearly 90% of his students reaching a score of 3 or more over the course of those 24 years.


Steve has had equal success with students of differing ability levels.  For many years he taught some of our lowest level math classes offered.  Steve was able to move these students far by maintaining high expectations for the students, stretching them in their content study, and supporting them all the way.  He is able to maximize student performance and move students forward in their study of mathematics regardless of their ability level.  He models a standard of high expectations for all of his students.


"Lake Zurich High School and the students of Lake Zurich High School have greatly benefited by the hard work that Mr. Ellis does day-in and day-out.  Mr. Ellis makes a difference in the lives of students each day", writes Jeff Bivin, Mathematics Department Chair.


Steve is truly an asset to District 95, and he exemplifies our mission through his own continous learning and his devotion and caring for students throughout the years.  Please help me in congratulating Steve on this great honor.


Congratulations to All 2010 Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Nominees:
Billy Spicer, Spencer Loomis School
Gerry Sansone, Lake Zurich High School
Steve Ellis, Lake Zurich High School
Jill Kragseth, Lake Zurich Middle School North
Suzanne Weider, Seth Paine Elementary School
Mark Richter, Principal, Middle School North
Lynn O'Brien, Women's Physical Therapy Institute

District Recognition Awards

Each month the Board of Education recognizes students of the month, a staff member of the month, and a parent volunteer of the month.  Please help me in congratulating the recipients of the January District Recognition Awards:

Students of the Month

Eight high school seniors were honored this month because of their recognition by the North Suburban Conference for interscholastic competition and good sportsmanship.

Nate Wille - LZHS, Boys Soccer

Camaryn Self - LZHS, Girls Volleyball

Gus Coon - LZHS, Boys Football

Trevor Feltner - LZHS, Boys Cross Country

Sydney Miranda - LZHS, Girls Golf

Bryan McHenry - LZHS, Boys Golf

Megan Marshalla - LZHS, Girls Cross Country

Monika Gasiorek - LZHS, Girls Tennis

Timothy Meyle - Middle School South, 8th Grade

Caitlin Wessel - Middle School North, 7th Grade

Evan Mrazek - Sarah Adams, Kindergarten

Ashley DeLuga - May Whitney, 1st Grade

Erik Palmer - Isaac Fox, 3rd Grade

Caitlyn Serafino - Seth Paine, 4th Grade

Nolan Zuchnik - Spencer Loomis, Kindergarten


Staff Members of the Month

Jen Eberle - Middle School South, Language Arts Teacher

Kathy Jamison - Middle School South, PE Teacher


Parent Volunteer of the Month

Susan Graham - Middle School North


Please help me in welcoming our new interim Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations, Michael Engel.  Mike holds an MS-Education in School Business Management from Northern Illinois University and a BS in Business Administration from Bradley University.  He also has completed Type 75 Administrative Certifications for Chief School Business Official and Superintendent.  Most recently he has worked as Interim Business Manager in Lindop School District 92 in Broadview, IL.  We are pleased to have Mike join us and we welcome his expertise and enthusiasm!

Academic Excellence

Each year the Illinois State Board of Education honors schools across the state for Academic Excellence.  To earn this honor in elementary and middle schools, at least 90% of students must meet or exceed state standards in both reading and mathematics for at least 3 consecutive years.  In 2010, there were 459 schools in Illinois recognized with the Academic Excellence award including three of our own:

  • Lake Zurich Middle School South
  • Isaac Fox Elementary
  • Sarah Adams Elementary
Congratulations to the students and staff at these buildings.  Keep up the good work!  For more information about this award, please visit